Prioritising workplace wellbeing
3 October 2018
Recent years have seen discussions surrounding health, wellbeing and mental health become much more open and honest. Once a taboo subject, people are now more willing to talk more about their experiences, feelings and emotions, and it’s something that many more businesses are placing importance on, but there’s still a long way to go.
Research shows that stress and other mental health issues are the second biggest cause of sickness absence from work, and according to mental health charity Mind, around 48% of people have experienced a mental health problem in their current job. A recent report by the British Council of Offices also said that one in six workers believe that their workplace is having a negative effect on their health and wellbeing.
We spend much of our lives at work, and even when we’re not physically there, many of us will be thinking about a looming deadline, to-do lists and upcoming projects. As such, employers have a responsibility to ensure that their people have all the support they need to feel happy, confident and well, and that a positive work/life balance is properly maintained.
People are vital in business, not only in getting the job done, but in making you love your job and enjoy coming to work each day. At CNG, our mantra is ‘happy staff make happy customers’, and ensuring that our staff are looked after is incredibly important to us, which is why we ensure that the environment that they work in is positive, open and welcoming. We provide a range of help and support to anyone who needs it. This includes offering financial advice, flexible working hours and our open-door policy ensures that we’re comfortable in speaking with our co-workers and there’s always a friendly face to help you come to a solution.
A big part of health and mental well-being is staying active and ensuring you have a productive outlet to take your mind off work. As such, our people can take part in a number of activities, whether it be our weekly yoga classes, or our regular running meets, and we regularly arrange social events and ways of rewarding our staff for their hard work.
We’re also in the process of training team members as mental health first aiders, equipping them with the skills and knowledge they need to identify, support and manage mental health challenges within the workplace. We often welcome visitors from different charities and organisations to talk to us about a variety of health, wellbeing and mental health issues, which helps us not only to raise awareness and tackle stigma, but to give our CNGers skills and understanding that can also be valuable in helping others, whether at work or in their personal lives.
Our values are a huge part of who we are as a business and are present in everything we do. At CNG we prioritise fairness, openness and the duty of care we have to our customers, partners and employees. We’re a business that pride ourselves on being bigger than profit, and doing the right thing, and that means ensuring that we play our part in maintaining our employees’ wellbeing any way we possibly can.